Search for missing Briton continues
Published 02/10/2012 | 05:02
A British expat who disappeared amid severe flash flooding in Spain remains missing.
Diana Dudas, 52, was reported missing on Friday in the town of Vera, Almeria, after torrential rain hit the area, leaving at least 10 people dead.
A friend who lives in the area said she believed Mrs Dudas' body had been found, but the emergency services in southern Spain's Andalusia region insisted the search was still continuing.
A spokeswoman for the service said: "In relation to the 52-year-old British woman who went missing in Vera, we have no indication at this stage that her body has been found in the area."
But Genny Sutcliffe, 56, said she had been told by Mrs Dudas' neighbour that the body had been discovered washed up in a lagoon near Vera.
She added: "There are so many different stories going around, but her neighbour told me that Diana's body had been found and she is a reliable person. She called me and said she didn't want to have to tell me this, but Diana had been found in the lagoon. But I suppose anything is possible if she didn't see the body."
Mrs Sutcliffe described the scenes left by the flooding as "absolute devastation", adding: "Houses are completely open and full of water and it is quite difficult to gain access to the area."
She said Mrs Dudas - whose husband is Spanish - runs a hairdressers and a holistic therapy clinic and had taken a year out to write a book.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of reports that a British national has gone missing in southern Spain an we are in contact with the local authorities."
Two other people are also still missing following the heavy downpours which hit southern and eastern Spain since Thursday night, according to EFE news agency. But at least five people originally declared missing were found alive.